There is a lot going on in DC, so thank you for all of your help in making our voices heard!
We have another ask of each of you today. We are asking that each of you to commit to calling our Members of Congress TODAY. Yesterday as we shared with the Chapter, the BRIDGE Act was introduced on the House floor by Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA). Some of our house members still have yet to co-sponsor this bill. The BRIDGE ACT allows over 30,000 individuals to work legally in the state. All of these individuals have already passed a background check and paid authorization fees to be able to rightly contribute to the great state of Illinois through the DACA Program. Without protections for these people, the state of Illinois faces an annual GDP loss of over $2 billion dollars. Additionally, many other DACA recipients are enrolled in universities and colleges around the state. If DACA is repealed without a legislative fix, such as the BRIDGE Act, those students will be forced to sacrifice their dreams and leave their studies.
Now that the BRIDGE Act has been introduced, please commit to calling some of our Republican house members today. It will only take a few minutes.
There are 5 congressional offices that we would like to target. Please call the numbers below and ask to speak to the district director and leave a message if you can’t get through.
- Rodney Davis (R-13)
- Helen Albert (District Director)
- Randy Hultgren (R-14)
- David Carlin (District Director)
- John Shimkus (R-15)
- Debra Detmers (District Director)
- Darin LaHood (R-18)
- Bradley Stotler (District Director)
- Peter Roskam (R-6)
- Neftali Campuzano (District Director)
Feel free to rely on the script below, if necessary.
Hi, my name is X and I am (if you are a constituent, mention that specifically) calling to ask Congressman <Last Name> to support the bipartisan BRIDGE Act, which was introduced in the House yesterday by Congressmembers Denham, Roybal-Allart, Crubelo, Logren, Ros-lehtinen and Chu, to provide temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to young undocumented youth who have or are eligible for the DACA program. These young people are important members of our community and we need to keep them here! Thank you.
We also ask that you share this information with your networks. We would specifically like to see business owners making these calls and standing up for our DACA clients. But each and every phone call that these offices receives is important, so please share this alert to everyone! We must do everything we can to #SaveDACA!
Thanks so much for all of your support on these very important issues.
Chicago Chapter Advocacy Committee